Alhaji Ceesay and Ebrima Jobe

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Should US Punish Gambia For Human Rights Violations?

By Andrew Friedman, 11:46am AFKI Original

Alhaji Ceesay and Ebrima Jobe, two naturalized American citizens from The Gambia, went back to their African country in 2013 and disappeared. Their family says they’ve been kidnapped, the State Department says they’re missing and the Gambian government hasn’t been much help. Americans have felt the sting of President Jammeh’s tyranny through brass knuckles on the streets of Washington, D.C. The E.U. seeks to punish him for his treatment of his own people, including torture and intolerance for dissent. The U.S. has the ability to sanction and punish such human rights violations just as the E.U. has. This opportunity cannot be squandered.

UK Air Surveillance Firm Looks To Boost Anti-Poaching Operations In Africa

UK's Parajet company says its paramotors could revolutionize border patrols and anti-poaching operations. By Lyn Eyb, 06:30am AFKI Original

A military-standard single-person flying machine know as paramotors, which combine motor-driven propellers with parachutes or gliders to allow individuals to ‘fly’ on their own, could soon be used in Africa to revolutionize border patrols and help stop poaching, according to its designers.

AFKI Commodities Report: Palladium Climbs To Fresh 13½-Year High

Thinkstock By Lynda Davies, 06:10am AFKI Original

Palladium climbed above $900 an ounce early this week for the first time since February 2001 although it had eased back by midweek. The precious metal has risen more than 25 percent this year, amid worries about actual supply disruptions in South Africa and especially potential disruptions of shipments from Russia since that country began its latest involvement in eastern Ukraine in March.

Top 10 Oil-Producing Countries In Africa

cape_town_oil By Becca Blond, 09:51am AFKI Original

Angola produces 1.9-million barrels of oil daily, making it the world’s seventh-largest oil producer and No. 3 in Africa. Oil rents in Angola account for 42 percent of the country’s GDP with gas being its other main economic driver. In some African countries, this single, insanely lucrative commodity has resulted in over-reliance on oil to the exclusion of other potential income-producing sectors such as agriculture. This has led to oil being considered a “resource curse” — perceived as a source of wealth for an elite few with little trickle-down to the majority of people. These are the top 10 oil-producing countries in Africa.

How One Firm Makes Africa Bucket List Trips an Ultimate Experience

By Makula Dunbar, 12:35pm AFKI Original

Global Linkages, a management and consulting firm, which spearheads sustainable partnership deals for businesses, governments and organizations has been operating for nearly two decades. Principal Lorna K. Johnson recently sat down with AFKInsider to discuss the firm’s work and transitional focus. In part two of the interview, Johnson talks about specialized tours organized by Global Linkages, business referral systems and competition.

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  • Business

    SAP SE to Stretch $500M Innovation Investment Across Africa

    Thinkstock By Makula Dunbar, 11:25am

    Global business software firm SAP has announced a seven-year $500 million plan to up-skill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa. Kenya will be among the key beneficiaries of the investment along with four other core countries; South Africa, Nigeria, Angola and Morocco.

  • Politics

    Gold Mine Collapse Kills at Least 25 in Central African Republic

    Thinkstock By Makula Dunbar, 11:04am

    At least 25 people died when a gold mine collapsed near the Central African Republic town of Bambari, a spokesman for the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels which run the mine said on Friday. The mine at Ndassima is carved deep into a forested hilltop about 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Seleka’s military headquarters in Bambari.

  • Electricity

    South Africa, Kenya And Ethiopia Lead In Africa’s Clean Energy Investment

    An engineer releases steam at the KenGen Geothermal Energy Power station in Naivasha, Kenya, 2009. REUTERS/Antony Njuguna By Kevin Mwanza, 10:14am

    South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia are set to benefit from increased investment in clean energy in Africa as over 1.8 gigawatts of renewable energy , excluding large hydro projects, get commissioned in 2014, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) said in a report. The BNEF report said clean energy investment in sub-Saharan Africa is likely to rise by more than 30 percent to $7.7 bn in 2016 from $5.9 billion currently.

  • Energy

    Another Earthquake Hits South Africa By Kevin Mwanza, 07:12am

    A 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday morning, the US Geological Survey said on its website. No injuries were reported in the quake, which happened at about 1am, the second in South Africa in less than three weeks. It occurred 12km west of Orange Farm, a township south of Johannesburg. One person died as a result of the tremor three weeks ago and more than 600 homes in Khuma township, near Orkney

  • Health

    South Africa Bans Tourist From Ebola Hit Countries By Kevin Mwanza, 07:08am

    South Africa has issued a ban on non-citizens travelling from three west African countries worst affected by Ebola. A health ministry statement on Thursday declared ‘a total travel ban for all non-citizens travelling from these high risk countries,’ referring to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. South Africans returning home from these areas will undergo strict screening, it added. Authorities also barred non-essential travel to the three countries.

  • Agriculture

    Plastic Bag Ban Makes Kigali Africa’s Cleanest City

    By Makula Dunbar, 06:18pm

    According to a CCTV Africa report, Rwanda’s government ban on the use and manufacture of plastic bags in 2008 has propelled Kigali to the cleanest city on the continent. Now that farms are clear of plastics, agriculture has blossomed. One of the setbacks to the country’s progress, Mukakomeje added, is products which come from neighboring countries that are still packaged in plastic.

  • Business

    Startup ChiBase Label Targets Global Audience For African Music

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    Contemporary African musicians struggle to make an impact beyond the continent, or beyond fan bases within African expat communities in the U.S. and Europe, Billboard reports. A New York-based Nigerian American hopes to establish a mainstream presence for Africa’s diverse sounds. “Somewhere in an African village there is another Alicia Keys, Mary. J Blige, Snoop Dogg or Rihanna; I want to help,” says Chetachi Ecton, founder of the startup ChiBase label.

  • Culture

    4 Of World’s 7 Most Anti-Gay Countries Are In Africa, Pew Reports

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    More than 90 percent of respondents in four African countries say homosexuality is unacceptable, according to the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project. Pew surveyed more than 40,000 respondents in 40 countries to get data on people’s views on eight topics often considered moral issues. These included abortion, premarital sex, extramarital affairs, gambling, alcohol consumption, divorce, contraceptives and homosexuality. “Generally, African and predominantly Muslim countries tend to find most of these activities morally unacceptable,” Pew reports.

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